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Wildfire IPA - Cannery Brewing Company

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Wildfire IPAWildfire IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This unique black India Pale Ale is a tribute to the firefighters and emergency service workers who help fight our Canadian wildfires each year.

Wildfire IPA is intensely dark and smooth. This black IPA has complex hops that rage through to the finish.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 10-29-2009)
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Molson2000:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Molson2000, Nov 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tonyf55
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance (4.5): Very dark and opaque with a cream coloured head that is dense and foam-like, 2-fingers and lasting.

Aroma (4.5): BIG hop aroma up-front - flowery with a bit of citrus, followed by light chocolate and coffee - all tied up in a slightly burnt finish.

Taste (4): Initial caramel sweetness is brief with a bitter hop and roasty coffee finish - balanced. Burnt toast lingers on the pallet.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium carbonation lends a nice courseness on the pallet that is lively at the start and finishes dry. Nice job preping for the next sip.

Overall (4): A near perfect balance of bitterness with contributions from both the hops and coffee. Hop aromas mingle nicely with the bitterness in the flavour, which are enhanced by the bitterness in the dark malts - especially roasted coffee. A personal favorite that I look for every year.

tonyf55, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a big tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is earthy with some malt and floral hops. The flavor is well balanced with roasted malts, nuts, and some hops bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, albeit a little thin. Carbonation is fairly light. Refreshing and definitely drinkable.. overall this is a pretty good beer.

chickenm, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

intoxabroad, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A morbid tribute, (via its blackened nature, I suppose) to the firefighters who battled some bad shit in the Okanagan this past summer.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown colour, with subtle basal cola highlights, but really verging on opaque, and three chubby fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some nicely skewed webbed lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.

It smells of meaty roasted bready and caramel malt, a soft oily nuttiness, dark gritty sugar, and rather active citrus and piney hops. The taste is lightly toasted, grainy caramel malt, singed bar-top nutty notes, and peppy grapefruit and orange citrus, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, with a pleasantly edgy frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, more or less smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes just off-dry, the roasted and hoppy notes still going tete-a-tete, and fairly clean.

A brew that seems to be very much like a big brown ale blended with a veritably hoppy IPA, with the result being a decent IPA analogue, an interesting (and tasty) footnote to this summer's headline story in the Valley. Get some before it's gone, like, well, ok, I'm not gonna go there.

biboergosum, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Sammy, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A personal fave since trying at the 2010 Calgary beerfest
A - deep dark amber with a tall tan head that dissipated down to one finger and retained there
S - pine, herbs, citrus, lightly burnt malt with molasses
T - the hop kick is strong with citrus and pine, with some herbal hop finish, roasty molasses malt with a cedar note, very tasty
M - smooth and medium carbonation, finishing somewhat tart and bitter
D - strong hop characteristics with a sturdy roasty & sweet malt backbone, extremely tasty, a fantastic beer and a fitting tribute to those who fought the forest fires in interior B.C.

joemcgrath27, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour, typical of the style. Nose has hints of mint, citrus and chocolate. It's quite a combination. The flavour profile is pretty similar, although the best comparison is that this is like a well-hopped porter. It has a lot of chocolatey porter notes with some hop notes as well. There is a big bitter finish, that is quite impressive. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. A very easy beer to drink.

CookstLiquor, May 27, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep, nearly opaque cola-like hue, deep garnet highlights when held to direct light. Tall frothy light beige head with good retention that settles to a thick cap. Sticky lacing ensues.

Detergent, dry earthy char, astringent spicy herbal hops on the nose.

Light roasty charred malt up front in the flavour with a good dose of dandelion greens and arugula bitterness. Bitterness and astringency lingers on well into the aftertaste, pretty much becomes the most predominant character in the taste.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, low carbonation, fairly weak finish.

Due to the lack of cohesion much of this dark IPA seems like more of an afterthought, in the end the dark malt doesn't offer any real backbone to speak of, while the hops seem more of the traditional English variety, yet cranked up to a more intense American volume. My lingering impression is that of earthy thistles.

IronDjinn, Jan 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mdevonshire, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gravelle. Deep murky brown pour unleashes a foamy and rocky beige cap. Lots of sticky lace here. Nose of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Lots of roasty malts, charred wood, some spice. Tastes of fresh citric hops, roasty malts again, dark bread, woody and smokey. Nice hop bite in the finish is balancing with sweet and toasty malts. An interesting IPA. Thanks Jon!

mrmanning, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bumchilly25, May 10, 2012
Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PaulietheBrit, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from wordemupg in a trade

A: Dark red-brown body with two fingers of lightly tanned head. Decent retention and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, floral and citrus notes and some pine.

T: Pine hops up front, but not to strong. A lot of caramel follows which is different.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves a faint bitter/hoppy finish. There is also some caramel maltiness lingering.

D: Nice beer. It's quite an interesting hybrid style that doesn't seem to common. I don't have local access to this beer, but if anyone does it's really work checking out.

Long813, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't read the bottle, so I was surprised by the colour!

A: Deep-amber/roasted-chestnut, great off-white head, nice retention & lace.

S: American hops with hints of roast.

T: Good american hop flavour, with a light (almost smoky) roast, some caramel sweetness is held in check with a solid bitterness. Very unique... and I like it.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cannery Brewing produces a surprisingly delicious IPA.

A - Dark brown with a ruby red tinge to it. Poured a thin layer of head, which dissipated to a nice thin film of bubbles. Very appealing!

S - Almost woody on the nose, like fresh cut lumber. The hops are the prominent scent, but are not overpowering.

T - I wasn't sure what to expect given the rather mild scent, however, I was surprised at how much punch this one had. The hops are strong off the top and it finishes with a sweet honey flavour. Hops are a little more bitter than I'm used to, but it is nicely balanced.

M - Very light on the palette, foaming up nicely and bubbles lightly in the mouth. The finish is a bit dry for my liking though.

D - What a delicious surprise this one was. I didn't have any high expectations, but this one well exceeded those that I did have. At 6% it's got a nice kick to it, is easily drinkable, and what a delicious flavour!

andrenaline, May 09, 2010
Photo of leaddog
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark cola with a finger width of mocha head.

Smell- roasted malts, leafy hops, nuttiness.

Taste- Starts off with the roasted malts and nutty character then jumps into pleasant bitter leafy hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a touch of the roasted malts and has a lingering bitterness.

Overall- Cannery Brewing does the style justice by giving us the roasted malts, and bitter leafy hop goodness. I enjoyed the nutty character to this brew as this added a uniqueness to the brew. A great tribute to those firefighters that battle wildfires in throughout Canada.

leaddog, Oct 14, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cannery Brewing's Wild Fire IPA pours deep brown with a tan head. The aroma is slightly citrusy, with a hint of dark fruit. Hoppy bitterness and roasted astringency in the flavor are some what balanced by sweet malt. There is some nice citrusy, piney hop flavor. More slightly astringent black malt compounds the moderate bitterness for an almost tart finish. Overall a pretty decent beer, and I like the theme.

ericj551, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Creemore glass nov9 2009

A It's a dark reddish brown but not dark enough too block out light I can still see through it but just barely. pours a pretty big head with decent retention and a few rings of lace

S more hops then anything else but I do pick up on some citrus along with the dark malt. quite unusually for a dark ale to have the grapefruit smell from the hops

T as it smells but with some mild cocoa very unique unlike any other beer I can think of.

M a little thin but it gets higher marks for having a nice bite without being over the top

D no real problems with this beer and I will admit I was intrigued by it from the first time I saw it listed as a dark IPA

this beer is well worth trying and being brewed just once odds are if you do like it you won't get to drink it again so pick it up so you can say you tried it

wordemupg, Nov 10, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked it open expecting to see a copper coloured beer splash in to my glass. Instead I was greeted with a deep garnet to brown beer that frothed up with a large sandy coloured head. A head that left the chunkiest of lacing. A surprise of the most beautiful kind.

The smoothness was immediately apparent. It has an almost creamy mouthfeel. Nice and malty on the front with chocolate, toffee and mild nuttiness coming through. The hops providing whispers of citrus. All this leading to a clean dry piney finish. A nice unique beer. A shame it was a limited release and not a new addition to Cannery's regular line up.

EskimoDave, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see these guys putting out limited releases. This is a nice attempt at an IPA with a dark difference. Much like Phillips IDA this is a big IPA with the backing of burnt dark malt. The colour is more akin to a brown ale but the hops arise and give it the IPA profile. The beer becomes more drinkable as it warms up and the hops get past the malt. Hope to see more special releases from Cannery

canucklehead, Nov 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ZachT, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Converge
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a small head of light tan bubbles. The beer is black at a glance, but some small ruby highlights show up here and there. The head settles to a thin cap and leaves some short-lived lacing.

S - Piney hops with a roasty backbone of dark malt and molasses. Chocolatey notes come through as well, with some wood and caramel. Certainly an aroma that combines qualities from both dark roasty beers and well as hoppy ales; very nice.

T - The interesting interplay from the nose continues beautifully. Opens up simple with some chocolate, caramel malt and a touch of molasses, and finishes with an excellent combination of piney and grassy hops with roasted malt and hint of coffee bitterness. Despite having both hoppy astringency and roasty bitterness, the back of the palate doesn't get too chaotic, and stays very drinkable and very balanced. As it warms I get a touch of fruitiness, peat, wood, and anise. Surprisingly complex and tasty.

M - Surprisingly thick and full feeling body with some nice low carbonation that lets the viscosity take center stage; and it holds up well above a 6.0% ABV ale. Lingering bitterness.

D - Absolutely fantastic mixture of hop-forward IPA flavors with roasty stout-esque flavors as well. I didn't really know what to expect coming into this, but this was a surprisingly tasty brew from Cannery. I don't have much context with this style, as it's my first Black Ale, but as far as my introduction to the style goes, I thought this was a delicious and highly drinkable beer, and certainly worth trying again.

Converge, Apr 23, 2012
Wildfire IPA from Cannery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.